Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In His Care

There is the me
  I want to be.
There is the me
  I am.
Ever seeking God,
 To lead me in ways
  I ought to understand,
  forever in His care.

Vast Expanse

Looking at the world around us
Can bring so many sights
It can bring us to our knees.
For God’s vast expanse of the sky
Which surrounds us with the beauty of
Creation we do not fully understand.

For God created earth and sky
For all to understand,
His beauty deep and wide.
We dare to understand.
How He brought a man and woman
Into this land to live and die
By honoring Him with their presence
This vast expanse of earth and sky.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Whispering Pines

     I heard a vice the other day, it whispered, “Come hither, come closer.” As I tried to refrain from listening it became more distinct. It said, “Come away with me. I will bring you peace. Spend some time with me in meditation of my Word. Stay the voices of busyness and rest within my arms.” The voice reached into my innermost being and bid me lead my heart to Him.

     Speaking further within me, he bid me, “Listen to the winds of the pines. They blow softly toward you, whispering, ‘I am with you to the end of time.’”

     I leaned in His everlasting arms for fear of never again hearing the small voice whispering.

     May I ever be mindful of the still small voice within that reassures me, “You can share with Me in the cool of the evening, ‘neath the whispering pines, just as Adam and Eve in the beginning.”

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Do we look forward to being in Heaven? We hope we will be there someday, just not today. We hope Heaven’s Gate will open wide and welcome us there into that unfamiliar place. We hear of it in the Bible. We see people’s rendition of what Heaven looks like in pictures they have drawn from descriptions in the Bible.

We know Jesus is there. We know the 12 disciples are there. We know the 12 tribes of Israel reside there. How do we know? Because the Bible tells us they are there. Revelation is full of pictures what Heaven will be like.

We want to face life with Jesus by our side. We pray, we search scriptures; we seek people who know the Bible to help us understand the happenings in our life.

Yet, when we hear the “C” word for cancer, we are devastated. People know we live in an age when we can overcome the dreaded disease. However, we are still devastated because of what we have seen loved ones go through because of it. Yet God will give us hope to keep living life to its fullest for His sake. Only God will choose when we will meet with Him on the other side.

We can be reassured God has a purpose in all He chooses us to go through. He chose His son to die on the cross so that we may have life. Jesus even asked for this cup to be removed. However, He chose God’s will above his own.

May I meet you at Heaven’s gate with the love of God poured out on you.

Isaiah 60:11 Your gates will always stand open, they will never shut, day or night….

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I have made progress in the: Setting Captives Free: The Lord's Table. YAY! I am not as tempted everyday as I have been. Sometimes I slip and eat too much, but for the most part I am learning to discipline myself.
I am learning to discipline myself to perform other tasks instead of reaching for the snacks in the evening. I crochet, read a good book about the scriptures or the scriptures themselves.
Funny think happened today. In WMU (Women's Missionary Union) we studied II Samuel 12:1-4.
In Setting Captives Free we studied the same scripture.
David and Bethsheba, how many lessons cover this one sin. A multitude of lessons, believe it or not. Even overeating can bring out the lust of the flesh, as in this story.
This story brings out Psalm 51, which was David's cry when he had realized what he had done. How many times have I read this scripture and asked God to forgive me my sin. We can see the injustices of others but are lacking in our estimates of our own sin just as David didn't realize his sin until Nathan pointed it out.
Do you have a "Nathan" that can make you realize you have sinned? We all need a "Nathan" in our lives. Mine happens to be this month in Setting Captives Free. The mentor is ever mindful of my sinful behavior of over eating and does not hesitate to let me know. On the other hand the mentor is also ever mindful of encouraging me to do better, with God's help.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Victory or Not

"The first ad best victory is to conquer self." Plato.
Can I conquer this habitual drive to that leads me to fail in this task I have set before me? That's the question I ask myself this evening.

Will I do as Esau and sell my birthright for a few spoonfuls of porridge? Sell my birthright for a few moments of pleasure that will only end in disaster? My birthright being God has put this on my heart to do this task of eating properly. My birthright being, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13 KJV)

In my attempt to search the scripture, I think, "Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life." (Proverbs 4:23) KJV. My heart becomes troubled because I cannot discipline myself to accomplish that which The Lord has put on my heart to do. My heart becomes troubled because the doctor is troubled for the large number on the scale. Then I tell myself, "for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:4 NIV)

From what I gather the "victory" can be ours! It's there for the asking. We must depend on God in every aspect of life. May God grant you the victory when you seek his word and his will in your life's challenges.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Life-Saving, Life-Giving

     A rose bush that had grown "out of control" had been a burden to me the past few years. I took some advice and pruned it this year, cutting it back to a little nub of a thing. That was February 12, 2013. It now it is sprouting new limbs and I have hope that it will survive and replenish itself.
     That's how I feel sometimes about this weight loss journey. Cutting back, pruning the unhealthy habits of a few years gone bad. God will show me the way to see things differently as I continue this journey. How to stay fit and trim is a goal with which I'm looking forward.  
      "The Rest of the Story" is: I haven't lost but one pound on this "diet" but, I have lost inches. Now a size lower than when I started, feeling good again is a something that makes me happy.  I am not "starving" myself to oblivion and back and feel good physically and mentally.
       Learning to exercise and not being a "couch-potato" is a joyous experience. When the sun is shining down on my being, a whole new world is opening up to me, as I walk in the park. It can open up to you as well. God is ever present in His creation. "Spring has sprung!" is an old saying, that warms the heart. Grass and flowers grow to a new depth in our hearts as we observe them.
         Learning to walk daily with the Savior is life-saving, life-giving experience. Keeping His word close at hand is a life-saver also. "Keeping his Word in my heart is an ever present help in trouble." (paraphrased Psalm 119:11) I praise God every day for being by my side. Without Him I am nothing. Keep trying, keep the faith and a whole new world will open unto you.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Journey Can Be Yours

Today I have decided to write my weight loss journey. Some will come, some will get lost but please follow me on my journey. March 9, 2013.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today I decide I can eat less. Sounds noble, yes? It's not as tough as it sounds. Relying on God for reassurance, "You can do this, I promise" (Philippians 4:13 Paraphrased by me.)
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13b NIV).
"Therefore lets look forward and forget all that lay behind, pressing on toward the mark God is leading me to accomplish." More Philippians.
I eat because the clock on the wall tells me it's time. I must stop this rhetoric with my self. I must say the "right' things, "think" the right things and change old habitual thoughts to  new.
Most people know the do's and don't of good eating habits. It is just a matter of following them. Most people can lose a few pounds only to regain them. Keeping it off is another matter. And that is my strategy today. Learning to walk the walk and talk the talk of good eating habits and sticking with it.
I am also reading a devotional book, "Unglued" by Lysa Terkeurst. Follow me on my journey:

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right, hand and sys to you, Do not fear; I will help you." ISAIAH 41:13.
Like Lysa, "I feel broken. I vow to do better at 8:14 a.m. and 3:37p.m. and 9:04 p.m." Various times of the day we are worn down from daily activities. We may think this is not the right time. It's now or never. Jesus promised to remove our sins as far as the east is from the west. And we CAN say now is the time.
Please help me, Lord be lifted up in my hour of need. I'm reminded of the hymn, "Lord Lift Me Up To Higher Ground."

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Poems by Lanell

STANDING IN THE GAP                                  SITTING AT JESUS FEET

Standing in the gap,                                               Sitting at Jesus feet
Jesus on the cross did say,                                     I wonder who I am.
"forgive them this day",                                        Will I set out to trust Him
To enter life's gate                                                 Just as Job and Abraham
as they go along their way.

Standing in the gap                                               He feeds His sheep
Between what's right and what's wrong               even when they stray.
to save us from our sin                                         He brings us back to a steady gait.
To live in freedom from now on.                         When we sit at His feet.

Standing in the gap                                              We find the rest we need
So innocent and strong                                         when torn between earth and sky.
He gave us freedom                                             When He decides to meet our needs,
to enter Heavens gate alone.                                 as we sit at Jesus feet.


On a hill three crosses did appear,
One a saint and
to God did adhere.

Two were sinners.
One turned to Christ
that day on a hill
And in Heaven did appear.

The other chose
to pass that day
To enter Heaven
That day on a hill